Kodak Pro Image 100 film

It was a busy photo day this Saturday. After returning from failed meteor shoot, I received an email from Dropbox that my local photo store has delivered the scans for the latest roll of color negatives they developed for me. Big smiles surfaced on my tired face, even though I have no idea how the photos turned out. You don’t get that kind of anticipation from shooting digital.

This roll of film is Kodak ProImage 100, expired 11/2014. I bought it from a camera “swap meet” vendor that specialized on film. I have never seen this film before, and it seems to be imported from Mexico.


It is relative inexpensive at about $5 per roll, and I am pretty happy with the results exposed at box speed.

Here is one I took inside the Los Angeles Public Library.


This available light portrait was taken with a white reflector to fill in shadow.


This outdoor landscape was taken on a rather grey late afternoon.


This portrait of rose was taken on a sunny morning before direct light got to the flowers.


Other 20 keepers on this roll were of models for whom I do not have release. So they shall remain in my archives.

The files were imported into Aperture and then spit out for 1080 pixel height with no adjustment.

Question: Does your local film developer price 2 sizes of scans for 35mm films? My shop claims the standard scan is “6MB” for which I only get JPEGs of 1188X1791 and 1791X1188 in resolution. That’s only 2 MB pixels! Where is the other 4 MB? I have to pay $6 more for “18MB” scan… Is it time to try out another developer?






Failed Perseid Meteor Shoot

Thursday was estimated to be the most spectacular night for watching the Perseid meteor shower this year. http://www.space.com/33725-perseid-meteor-shower-2016-thrills-skywatchers-photos.html

My brother-in-law wanted to make use of his new intervalometer gadget to create time lapse movie this weekend. There was no camp site reservation in the Joshua Tree NP to be had on last minute whim, so I suggested we drive Friday night to the desert, just shoot between 2 am and sunrise.

I slept between 8 and 11 p.m., and he drank a lot of coffee to help with the 3 hour drive to our photo spot. What I didn’t count on was freeway closure due to construction. So we didn’t set up until 3 a.m. Well, 2 hours of shooting is better than no shoot.

I lend him my Canon 20mm lens to do the time lapse, and used a 28 mm equivalent lens for my first meteor shoot experiment.


ISO 3200, f/4, 18 sec

75º field of view with no foreground is not as appealing as other published images of the meteor, and I was too cautious against over-exposure. I am just happy to have captured one by luck. I used cable release to manually snap images, whereas he lets his intervalometer do the work while he catches some Zzzz in the car.  Of course, we saw one spectacular streak that lasted about 7 seconds in my estimation when we were setting up his intervalometer…

I think I am happier with this image captured just before we headed back home to catch up on lost sleep:


ISO 3200, f/2, 1/15 sec, Velvia simulation SOOC

Fuji X100s + WCL-X100



Thanks for visiting my first blog entry. I plan to share some of my non-work activities here as a tribute to those who have taught me much through their websites. Without their generous sharing over the internet, the web would not be so interesting.

I live in Orange County, California. There is not a lot of orange trees to be found here anymore – they have been supplanted by houses and even a community college’s art department and parking lot. Beach is not far away, for I can bicycle there in about an hour if I peddle really hard.

Alas, I am not a good swimmer nor do I have a beach body to show off. I therefore present you with some images i captured while hiking yesterday morning.


A view from the Limestone Ridge trail.


“The Sink” at 10:00

http://letsgooutside.org is the URL to the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks website. Sign up for access to hikes open to the public only a few times a year.

p.s. Images are SOOC JPEG converted to black and white with the Snapseed app on iPhone.